The nineteenth century dislike of realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass. The nineteenth century dislike of romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass.
I was reminded of this rage last night while watching a fascinating CNN documentary shot by Norwegian journalist/filmmaker Paul Refsdal, who was granted exceptional access to the Taliban. At one point, a Taliban member states that Islam is perfection because “it has an answer for everything — social, cultural, religious, and legal,” or something to that effect.
Now there is a comment on morals for a certain group of people living in the 21st century. Much like “Answers in Genesis,” I find such submission, driven by disgust that leads to rage, chilling.